Amy Meckeler is a founding member of ARSJ. She has worked as a public relations writer and administrator for higher education for 15 years and over numerous years has contributed to developing and implementing a range of social justice initiatives. Ms. Meckeler earned her M.A. in Sociology and Social Justice at Kean University (New Jersey). Part of her social action work in ARSJ includes training community organizers and volunteers on the dynamics of power and privilege, facilitating the organization's Participatory Action Research (PAR) initiative, coalition building, and challenging local and state public policy makers to create relevant policies for families affected by domestic and community violence. She has also served in various roles in the LGBTQA+ community.
Susan Zelt, PhD - Vice Chairpersonis a co-founder of ARSJ who brings more than 20 years of research experience in health policy and pharmaceuticals research and development to her work at ARSJ. Her research passion lies in translation of research into practice, and diffusion of innovation, all as they relate to improving population health and reducing health, public health disparities and addressing unmet medical needs. Dr. Zelt has a Dr.P.H. from the School of Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, an M.P.H. in Socio medical Sciences from Columbia University, and a B.S. in Biochemistry from the Pennsylvania State University. She supports ARSJ in their mission by working on grant funding and the Watch NJ Participatory Action Research program as a research assistant.
Patrick Kelly, LAc, MSTOM, MA - Secretary is a Licensed Acupuncturist (L.Ac.) who brings more than 19 years of experience in proposal and grant-writing in health to ARSJ. He has been a member of ARSJ since 2006 supporting the social justice aims of ARSJ through participation in ARSJ projects such as Watch NJ, Voter Registration, and the annual White Privilege Conference, and grant/proposal development. His expertise spans proposal development and management, grant writing, project management, data analysis, and research ethics. He has an interest in providing acupuncture in community-based models such as the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA) protocol. He has a Certificate in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, an M.A. in English from Virginia Tech, and a Master of Science in Traditional Oriental Medicine (MSTOM) at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine.
Jeff Garfinkle - Treasurer
Jeff Garfinkle is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) licensed in New Jersey and works in the corporate finance world as Controller/Chief Financial Officer. He has 30 years of experience in both public and private accounting, dealing with medium to large growing businesses, and he has expertise in computer technology and systems. He has a B.A. in Business Administration from Rutgers University (New Jersey) along with numerous continuing professional education credits in computers, taxes, and accounting topics. Mr. Garfinkle has been an active member in ARSJ, participating in court watches in Middlesex and Somerset County and various other projects since 2004.
"If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse, and you say you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality." - Desmond Tutu